Well, today, I thought I'd write a blog post about blogging! I've been blogging for over a year and a half now here at my personal author's website, and it has really been a great experience. Blogging makes me insanely happy, and though I know I don't have a massive readership, I still love the process, and am super grateful for those of you who do read up.
I read lots of articles online from agents and authors talking about how some authors really struggle with maintaining the blog and social media presence that's almost a necessity for authors in this day and age. And the thing is, that's never really been a problem for me. Blogging is another kind of writing, and writing is what I love.
I started blogging basically on accident, for those of you who remember. I was setting up an author website through dear Weebly for later, and I accidentally published it. So then I was like, What the heck. And I started blogging. As I said it has been very enjoyable for me. Those of you who keep up have probably figured out by now that I write a bunch of blog posts at once, save them, post them one at a time, and then do it again when I start running low. It's economic, I think, and I love the days when I get to start looking for new blog post ideas.
Not entirely sure where I'm going with this post, but, um, HOW ABOUT SOME WEB ANALYTICS. HECK YEAH.
Which is weird because I hate math, but, you know.
My favorite part of the analytics though, is the section where they tell you where your visitors are coming from. There are three types of visitors in this analysis, those who get to my site through web search, those who come directly by URL, and those who click on a link in social media, for example, to get here. In these analytics, I can see, for type one, the search terms they use, for type two, the page they go to, and for type three, the social media they clicked with. I don't really know why it makes me so happy to look at these stats, it just does. The search terms are the best.
So here's a little peek into those analytics.
Viewer Type One
For your interest and entertainment, I shall provide you a list of the search terms being used to get people here. First term is "(not specified)." I'm not sure what that means; maybe y'all are really good at hiding your search terms from search engines. That one gets the most hits. The rest are all one-hit wonders but I'm sure amused by some of them. Here they are:
- "harry potter humor" (Makes sense, I do a lot of HP humor in my humor posts.)
- "how to avoid uselss plot devices" (I admire that spelling, lol, but I'm glad to be useful anyway.)
- "hunger games humor pictures" (Same as the HP humor, I do believe.)
- "kira budge los alamos" (Look! It's me!)
- "steven moffat advice about writing" (I did have a post with some of that in it, yes indeed.)
- "words of someone insane" (... thank you?)
- "ya novellas" (Works for me.)
Viewer Type Two
I'm guessing most of you actually reading this post come by direct or social. My regular readers don't typically need search terms. So here's the list of web pages you guys went to most commonly during the time period specified, in order of commonality. Happy to help you out!
- Home Page
- Halloween Costume Votes blog post
- Why I Hate James Patterson blog post (This one's always a favorite.)
- Names Make Me Happy blog post
- October Humor Post
- Blog Home Page
- Blog Category: Posts on Writing Rants/Advice
- Other Humor blog post
- Plot Devices I Despite blog post
- Misconceptions of YA Lit blog post
Viewer Type Three
Here is how people are finding me via linky link link!
- Facebook (Well, who can resist my official page, right?)
- Pinterest (Yes, I have one of these too!)
- Julia the Writer Girl (Because my best writing friend is a great referrer.)
- Twitter (TWEET TWEET.)
- Yahoo Mail (Because I have an email list too!)
- Google In Another Language.com
- WebConfs.com (...?)
Any thoughts from the viewers and/or the other bloggers?
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